A BJP MLA in Punjab was allegedly thrashed and his garments torn by a gaggle of farmers at Malout in Muktsar district on Saturday, police mentioned. BJP leaders have been dealing with the ire of farmers for the final a number of months within the state. Agitating farmers have been opposing the programmes of the saffron celebration leaders in Punjab over the farm legal guidelines challenge.
When Abohar legislator Arun Narang reached Malout on Saturday together with native leaders to handle a press convention, they have been surrounded by a gaggle of protesting farmers, and black ink was thrown at them and at their autos, officers mentioned.
Some police personnel took the MLA and native leaders to a store. However later once they got here out, the protesters allegedly thrashed Narang and tore his garments, police mentioned.
The policemen escorting Narang confronted a tricky time in defending him from the protesters. The legislator was later escorted to a protected place by the police, officers mentioned.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (Malout) Jaspal Singh mentioned the protesters have been adamant that they’d not permit the BJP legislators to carry the press convention.
A video has surfaced on social media, purportedly displaying the MLA in torn garments being shifted to a safer place by the police.
The Muktsar Police on Saturday evening registered a case towards seven named folks and 200-250 unidentified folks on the fees of try and homicide, assault or felony power to discourage public servant from discharge of his responsibility, wrongful confinement, felony intimidation and rioting amongst others.
Narang informed PTI that he was “punched” by some folks.
“I used to be punched quite a bit and my garments have been additionally torn off,” he alleged.
The BJP legislator mentioned he had gone to Malout to handle a press convention however the protesters didn’t permit it. They obtained violent and surrounded him, the MLA claimed.
Requested whether or not he has lodged a grievance on this matter, Narang mentioned he’ll discuss to the celebration management over this challenge.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh strongly condemned the alleged assault on Narang and likewise warned of strict motion towards anybody making an attempt to disturb peace within the state.
He urged the farmers to not bask in such acts of violence, and appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to urgently resolve the disaster triggered by the passage of farm legal guidelines in Parliament final 12 months to forestall the state of affairs from escalating.
The chief minister directed the police chief to take strict motion towards the perpetrators of the incident, who additionally clashed with the police personnel making an attempt to rescue the legislator.
Superintendent of Police (Headquarters), Faridkot, was injured whereas making an attempt to save lots of and evacuate the MLA. He suffered a cane blow on his head, inflicting his turban to fall off. He was admitted in Civil Hospital, Malout, the CM mentioned in an announcement.
The DGP mentioned a felony case will likely be registered towards the suspects and statements of native BJP leaders have been being recorded.
Amarinder Singh mentioned that protest is the democratic proper of the farmers however violence of any type is not going to be tolerated.
Reacting to Punjab BJP leaders’ demand for his resignation, he mentioned as a substitute of making an attempt to take political mileage from the incident, they need to put strain on their central management to withdraw the contentious farm legal guidelines.
Punjab Meeting Speaker Rana KP Singh additionally strongly condemned the alleged assault on Narang.
“It’s not solely unacceptable, however extremely condemnable that an elected consultant of the folks is mercilessly thrashed in full public view,” he mentioned.
Darshan Pal, the chief of Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella physique of farmers’ union spearheading the agitation towards the central agri legal guidelines, mentioned,
“At present, farmers protested towards BJP MLA from Abohar. Beneath hostile circumstances, it turned violent and the MLA was bodily assaulted.
“It’s a matter of remorse that an elected consultant was handled this fashion. We don’t encourage such behaviour. We strongly condemn this act,” he mentioned in an announcement.
Pal additionally mentioned the Samyukta Kisan Morcha appeals to all protesters to stay peaceable and disciplined.
The ruling Congress in Punjab, the BJP, in addition to the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) condemned the incident.
Such “illegal behaviour” has no place in a democracy and the farmers’ protest will likely be weakened by these incidents, state Congress chief Sunil Jakhar mentioned.
BJP nationwide normal secretary Tarun Chugh slammed the Amarinder Singh-led authorities over the incident and claimed that it has “uncovered the entire collapse of regulation and order within the state”.
Describing the incident as a “murderous assault” on Narang, he accused the ruling Congress of engineering it. Amarinder Singh was “instigating such assaults to be able to stifle the voice of the BJP”, Chugh alleged and demanded that the chief minister resign.
SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal termed as “deplorable” the “violent assault” on Narang and demanded an neutral inquiry to repair the accountability for the “failure” of the police in defending the dignity of an elected consultant.
He appealed to everybody to train restraint to make sure that peace and communal concord within the state was not disturbed.
Hundreds of farmers have been protesting since late November at Delhi borders with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, demanding a rollback of the farm legal guidelines.